Governor Leaning Toward Rebidding State-Owned Cell Tower Lease Deal

indianaUPDATE: After the fallout of an agreement with Agile Networks to lease space on the 340 state-owned towers, several of Indiana’s bicentennial construction projects proposed by Vice President and former Indiana governor Mike Pence may be put on hold, reports The Journal Gazette.

But current governor Eric Holcomb said he hopes to complete those projects and is leaning toward rebidding a new wireless agreement later this year. “The projects that would have benefitted from this revenue source are worthy projects, and I’d like to see them come to fruition,” Holcomb told the Journal Gazette. “How we get there needs to be reviewed.”

Holcomb said he was aiming toward the end of March to decide on whether or not to rebid the tower lease agreement.  Some of the projects have already been completed, including a $2 million plaza at the Indiana Statehouse and a $2.5 million education center at the state library in Indianapolis. Others, however, have not started and may be put on hold until the state can find alternative funding for those projects, which may come from a new wireless agreement.

“Perhaps some of the projects that haven’t commenced yet, if we can’t find an appropriate way to pay for those, they may have to go on hold for a while,” said Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.

February 15, 2017

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